The pilot was pulled from the helicopter and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.

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The pilot of a helicopter that crashed into a Snohomish County lake Tuesday has died.

Ernest Stark, 70, of Arlington, and a passenger were in a Robinson R22 light-utility helicopter when it crashed into King Lake southeast of Arlington just before 1 p.m.┬áThe passenger, a male, was able to swim to the shore and Stark was pulled from the helicopter by a witness, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.

Both were taken to hospitals. Stark later died.

Stark died of drowning, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death has been ruled an accident.


The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.